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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Valerie Richardson

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Sanders, Senate Democrats urge DOJ to keep up 'climate denial' pursuit

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders joined three fellow Democrats in urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to continue its inquiry into "the fossil fuel industry's climate denial operation," a day after Senate Republicans called on her to cease any such probe. Published May 27, 2016

Rep. Lamar Smith and other Republicans claim that the EPA's objectivity in assessing Alaska's Pebble Mine was suspect at best. (Associated Press)

Key lawmaker asks why Obama administration hasn't raised Zika travel alert

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman called on the Obama administration Wednesday to raise the alert level for travel to countries with high Zika virus infection rates, despite the potential impact on attendance at the Olympic Games in Brazil. Published May 25, 2016

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who leads the crowded field in the polls, has positioned herself to Rep. Loretta Sanchez's left, touting her endorsements from progressive icons such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and labor organizer Dolores Huerta, as well as her targeting of the banking and oil-and-gas industries. (Associated Press)

All-Democrat Senate race in California looms as bad news for both parties

For the first time in state history, California faces the very real possibility of a Senate election with no Republican candidate. Polls continue to show Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez -- both Democrats -- leading the packed 34-candidate primary field. Under the system approved by voters in 2010, only the top two vote-getters in the June 7 primary will appear on the November ballot. Published May 23, 2016